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Satanís first and most successful lieó "ye shall NOT surely die."
  1. This statement introduced the concept of the "naturally" immortal soul
  2. Denied the full penalty for sin
  3. Created the "wrathful God" concept
  4. Provided a false sense of security that transgression can be made without any real consequence
  5. Absolutely contradicted the word of God

Some thought questions:

  1. What do the words "die" and "perish" mean in English; in Hebrew, in Greek? (use your concordance) See for example : Genesis 2:17, 3:4; Ezekiel 18:4, 20-23; 2 Peter 3:9; and Romans 6:23.
  2. What does "immortality" mean in 1 Timothy 1:16? To whom does this apply?
  3. If the statement of Satan in the Garden is true, and we donít really die when we "die," then doesnít that mean that we receive "eternal life" even if it is lived out in an "ever burning hell"?
  4. If natural immortality of the soul is the truth, then why did God say: "lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever;" (verse 3:22) which resulted in Adam and Eve being driven from the Garden forever? Why does God restore the Tree of Life to His redeemed in the new earth (Revelation 2:7; 22:1, 2)?
  5. If we possess a "naturally immortal soul," then what do we need Jesus for? Why did He die?
  6. Think of ways that this concept is being promoted today.

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